TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
Features
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Captains Practice

Chara skating signals B's are gearing up

Thursday, 01.10.2013 / 9:17 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
X
Share with your Friends


Captains Practice

BOSTON, MA -- In a way, today's informal practice constituted a leveling up to a "Captains Practice" as Zdeno Chara was among the new Bruins faces skating at Boston University's Agganis Arena.

And, frankly, it didn't matter if it wasn't actually Chara who was running practice.

"I didn’t," said Chara of taking the reigns. "It’s pretty much who ever has got a drill is explaining, but it was fun."

There was more fun, but having the B's captain on the ice wearing Black & Gold served notice that the intensity of the daily routine would also level up in short order.

"I’m expecting everyone to be in shape and be ready," said Chara. "We are still one of the better teams that had most of the guys involved and playing.

"Some guys who couldn’t play are still in shape and they look good, but I think it’s [everyone's] responsibility, going into camp, to be in good shape and ready to go."

There's no doubt that Chara -- legendary league-wide for his own fitness routine -- is ready. The B's blueliner most recently played for Prague Lev in the KHL and posted 4-6-10 totals in 25 games.

"There are some really, really skilled guys," said Chara of the comparison between the KHL and NHL. "The players are highly skilled as far as skating and handling the puck and making plays.

"I think it’s less physical but skating-wise, skill-wise it’s a little bit different. There are some really high-tempo games, there are some games that are more set back and focusing more on defense. Every game is a little bit different, certain teams are playing more defensive style, obviously, a lot of traveling involved, a lot of time zones.

"It all can [effect] how you play," he said.

But it shouldn't have effected how the B's prepared for a new season.

"You are trying to stay in shape and play," said the Bruins captain. "A lot of us tried to be playing and some guys couldn’t.

"I think we were one of the teams that most of their guys were involved and playing," he repeated. "If you count 12 guys overseas and some guys in the minors, so that’s a pretty good number, considering that some teams didn’t have that.

"If it’s going to be an advantage or not - we’ll see.

"Hopefully it is," said Chara.

In any case, the B's will have little time to think about the past in a shortened season.

"I don’t think it’s going to be easy on anybody," said Chara when asked if the B's were ahead of the game bringing most of the same personnel back to Boston. "I think when you have a quick start with that many games it’s going to be hard, no matter what.

"So, all the little things are going to make a difference. [The team's] got to be ready to go."

Like his teammates, Chara was asked about returning to Boston, his home for the past six seasons.

"I think all of us knew our place was here," said Boston's biggest Bruin. "That’s where we want to be, where we want to play…we all knew that that’s where we want to be is here."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings